The Map of the Sky

By Felix J. Palma
(Atria Books, Paperback, 9781451660326, 608pp.)

Publication Date: June 11, 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2012 Indie Next List
“Playful and entertaining, this is a thoroughly beguiling read! Featuring narration by H.G. Wells -- as in Palma's previous stellar work, The Map of Time -- this is a story rife with illusion and mystery. With appearances by Edgar Allen Poe, Captain Shackleton, and a possible Martian, this shrewd and versatile novel is a joy to read!”
-- Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI


1898. New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry well-to-do Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he first accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the Martian invasion featured in H. G. Wells’s popular novel The War of the Worlds. Meanwhile in London, Wells himself is unexpectedly made privy to certain objects, apparently of extraterrestrial origin, that were discovered decades earlier on an ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic. On that same expedition was an American crew member named Edgar Allan Poe, whose inexplicable experiences in the frozen wasteland would ultimately inspire him to create one of his most enduring works of literature.

When eerie, alien-looking cylinders begin appearing in London, Wells is certain it is all part of some elaborate hoax. But soon, to his great horror, he realizes that a true invasion of Earth has indeed begun. As brave bands of citizens converge on a crumbling London to defend it against utter ruin, Emma and her suitor must confront the enigma that is their love, a bright spark of hope even against the darkening light of apocalypse.

Palma dazzled readers with his instant New York Times bestseller The Map of Time. In The Map of the Sky, he embarks on an even more thrilling speculative journey, one that links the earth and the heavens, the familiar and the bizarre, the impossible and the inevitable.

About the Author

Félix J. Palma has been loudly acclaimed by critics as one of the most brilliant and original storytellers of our time. The Map of Time, his US debut, was a New York Times and international bestseller. Please visit and

Praise For The Map of the Sky

eoeThe unreal becomes real, fantasy becomes history, and the reader is thoroughly entertained by an unending parade of bafflements and surprises. This book is a complete delight.e
-K.W. Jeter author of Infernal Devices

eoe"The Map of the Sky" keeps the reader guessing, checking and thinking, all the while providing many sidelights on the literary history of sci-fi itself.e

eoeThis story is much akin to what Orson Welles tried on Halloween, 1938, with his radio show. This time the saucers really fly. All this, simmered in a rich broth of keen imagination, exceptional narrative control, wit, and an obvious affection for sci-fi and adventure stories and with great respect for the readers of same. Cool factor: 3-D end papers. Glasses included with first editions only.e

"A cross-genre masterpiece"

eoeHaving used H.G. Wellse(TM)s The Time Machine as the starting point for 2011e(TM)s The Map of Time, Palma now takes The War of the Worlds as the basis for this top-notch sequeleFans of intelligent science fiction as well as historical thrillers will be rewarded.e

eoePalma's gorgeous prose works its magic yet this worthy successor toThe Map of Time.e

eoePalma writes with shrewdness and glee.e

eoePalma keeps the reader guessing, and the twists and turns coming.e

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